After Ranbir’s support, Rishi says Gajendra should retire as FTII chairman

After Ranbir’s support, Rishi says Gajendra should retire as FTII chairman

Rishi-kapoor-5130218170329New Delhi, Jul 10 - Two days after Bollywood heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor came out in support of the Film and Television Institute for India students who are agitating against
appointment of TV actor Gajendra Chauhan as its chairman, his father and senior Bollywood
actor Rishi Kapoor too came out in support of the students, saying Gajendra should
voluntarily retire.
"Advice. After all the protests and controversy, Gajendra Chauhan, the FTII Chairman should
voluntarily retire. Will do good to the students,’’ Rishi tweeted.
His tweet came two days after Ranbir came out in support of the students.
Talking to TV channels on July 8, Ranbir said the students deserve a fair hearing.
"FTII is a premier institution of this country and has given birth to so many cinematographers,
editors and award-winning personalities. It gives opportunities to people with no film connections, who
come from all parts of the country, and you're always proud that your own country has an institute like FTII.
I think all they require is an aspirational figure to look up to, someone with a large body of work,’’ he said.
"When you come from an institute of art, there needs to be freedom of speech,’’ Ranbir said.
Meanwhile film actor Anupam Kher, refusing to comment on appointment of Gajendra, said FTII needed a person who is much much more qualified than what Gajendra Chauhan's qualifications are.
"FTII needs someone with a great body of work. I don't want to comment on Gajendra Chauhan as a person. But certainly FTII needs a person who is much much more qualified than what Gajendra Chauhan's qualifications are coming across,’’Anupam tweeted last evening.
The students of FTII, Pune have been protesting the appointment of Gajendra as the institute's chairman. They held protests in Pune, Mumbai, Delhi and other cities. They said he does not have the credentials to head a premier institute like FTII. They have termed his appointment as an attempt to 'saffronise' the institution.
Members of FTII society like actor Pallavi Joshi and filmmakers  Anant Patwardhan, Santosh Sivan and Jahnu Barua have come out in support of the students.

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